Rising Remote Work Communities and Online Groups in 2020

Basak Karsu

Basak Karsu

6 min read

2021-01-07

Rising Remote Work Communities and Online Groups in 2020

Remote work’s increase is unbelievable. More and more companies are making remote work day by day. According to a recent Forbes article, since 2007, there has been a 159% rise in remote working in the US and by 2020 it is estimated that 50% of the UK workforce will work remotely.

Thanks to developing technology, without online services such as Slack, Google Suite, WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc. remote work wouldn’t be possible — or at least, not nearly as effective as it is today.

All employees at LINC Interactionarchitects considered technology to be important or very important for remote work. The two online products for work that were most often cited are Slack and Google Suite (Google Meet, Drive, Slides, Calendar, Notes, etc.).

But there is a thing called ‘‘social isolation’’ about remote work. Some communities out there can help you and we handpicked them for you.

In this post, we are going to talk about remote work communities all around the world.

Rising Remote Work Communities in 2020

Stanford University’s Remote Community

Stanford University’s community called ‘‘Distributed & Remote Workers’’ is pretty helpful. Every third Thursday, they occasionally experiment with new times. You should give a chance to their slack channel #remote-workers for monthly meeting time polls.

Nodesk.co Community

Nodesk.co community has a collection of resources for the digital nomad, remote worker and traveling professional.

Weworkremotely.com

WeWorkRemotely is a large, global platform of individuals pursuing remote work and companies looking to hire. The platform is driven by employer content posted to their site, as well as our community of thousands of job seekers currently pursuing, or looking to pursue remote work. WeWorkRemotely is one of the largest remote communities on the web (with 150,000+ monthly users) to find.

Zapier.com

Zapier is a global remote company that allows end-users to integrate the web applications they use. Although Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California, it employs a workforce of 250 employees located around the United States and in 23 other countries. Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. It is often described as a translator between web APIs.

Toptal.com

Toptal is a global remote company that provides a freelancing platform that connects businesses with software engineers, designers, and business consultants. The company has no headquarters. The company developed personality, language, and skills testing to remotely screen engineering candidates and accepted the top 3% of several thousand monthly applicants. Toptal matches business engagements with developers from its network and brokers the terms of each job.

Nomad List

If you’ve spent much time traveling, you’ve probably encountered Nomad List. It provides helpful user-generated advice on how much you may need to budget for a particular city – but did you know it also provides an online community? Access to the forums and chat does cost $99 per year, but this helps increase the quality of the content.

Digital Nomad Reddit

Head over to the digital nomad subreddit for a plethora of advice on common problems facing digital nomads. Topics range from taxes, gear, job advice, and the pinned “Digital Nomad Newbie Survival Kit” thread containing a FAQ of common questions.

Digital Nomad Community

Claiming over 100,000 members, the Digital Nomad Community offers a lot of advice on how to build your own, location independent business. In that vein, they also offer “premium” content – hence an account here comes with a price tag. For $57, you can get lifetime access to the aptly named “Digital Nomad Community.” You guessed it – this is a community exclusively for digital nomads that provides you with heaps of information. Learn how to become a digital nomad and hear from other nomads sharing their experiences, business advice, internships, and jobs.

Nomad Gate

Despite sounding like a scandal, Nomad Gate is an online community for anyone who wants to pursue location independence. What’s more, the community is quite active so you’ll always have someone to chat with bounce ideas off. Additionally, don’t forget to check out their resources section which includes things like the best banking options for digital nomads.

Local Facebook Groups

If you have general digital nomad questions, Facebook groups can provide an excellent resource. They become even more useful if you have a particular digital nomad destination in mind. Most cities have a dedicated digital nomad Facebook group where members share advice about locations, events, meetups, and can become (offline) friends. Best of all – it’s free.

Remote Slack Groups

The back-and-forth communication delay of online forums isn’t for everyone, but Slack can help create faster connections with live chat. Many remote workers will already be familiar with this tool since their employer will use it. Still, digital nomads and freelancers can also benefit from Slack’s features. Get started with the #Freelance, #NomadsTalk, and #NomadList channels, and you can use Slofile, the public Slack community database, to find more groups to fit your particular digital nomad niche.

1. We Work Remotely Slack Group

2. Digital Nomads Slack

3. Slofile Remote Work

4. Remotely One

5. Nomads Talk (For digital nomads)

6. Digital Freelancer

7. Freelance Lead (This community helps freelancers find work)

8. Work From

Retreats and Conferences for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers

Every marketer knows that people love a good event, so it should come as no surprise that digital nomads have many retreats and conferences available. These provide a pattern break in the rut of remote work life, while also helping you meet other digital nomads for networking and inspiration.

The Remote Future Summit

Running Remote

The Remote Work Summit

Flex Summit

RemoteCon

Conferences and summits focused on remote work, however, are typically structured differently. While some may have an in-person element (such as Running Remote), there’s also a virtual attendance option. Given that remote work, summits are engineered to be open to anyone, anywhere in the world, live streams are a vital part of ensuring that a global community can engage with content, speakers, panelists, and keynote

Don’t Isolate Yourself– Find Your Digital Nomad Communities While stepping off a plane accompanied only by a laptop and backpack might sound intimidating, it doesn’t have to be that way. Now that you where to look, get started finding digital nomad communities to share experiences, get advice, and find companions.

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Basak Karsu
Written by Basak Karsu

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